What Is Amyloidosis and What Causes It?

Q:
What is amyloidosis and what causes it?

A:
Amyloidosis is a rare disease that occurs when an abnormal protein called amyloid builds up in your organs.

The types of amyloidosis include

  • AL amyloidosis (immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis)
  • AA amyloidosis
  • Hereditary amyloidosis (familial amyloidosis)
  • Dialysis-related amyloidosis

Causes
Generally speaking, the buildup of an abnormal protein called amyloid leads to amyloidosis.

The corresponding causes of above four types of amyloidosis are as follows:

  • bone marrow produces abnormal antibodies that can’t be broken down
  • chronic infectious or inflammatory diseases
  • gene abnormalities
  • proteins in blood are deposited in joints and tendons

 

 

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